A Kin or Kinesiologist is the backbone or “Lumbar spine” if you will, of every Physio clinic. If you have ever acutely strained your shoulder and been administered ultrasound, you have worked with a Kin. Have you been put on a rehab program? that person demonstrating how to properly fire your gluts , chances are he or she is a Kin.
Kinesiology is defined “as the scientific study of human movement” Think about that…. human movement. Humans never stop, we are always moving. Core muscles at every joint are in a constant state of firing, stabilizing your hip as you stand on one leg or your shoulder as you hold a bag of groceries.
Ever sleep on your side with your arm under your pillow? the muscles of your neck and shoulder contract through out the night. Even when your are sleeping your muscles are working.
A Kins scope of practice is the assessment of movement, performance, and function; and the rehabilitation, prevention, and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate, and enhance movement, performance, and function in the areas of sport, recreation, work, exercise, and general activities of daily living.
More often than not if you have an ache or pain it can usually be traced back to some general activity of your daily life including your routine at work. Whether you are seated at your desk all day or carrying your child. You are constantly moving and all those movements are causing a strain on your muscles and joints. If continued over an extended period of time this can result in poor posture, muscle imbalance, fatigue ,pain, soreness and in some cases irritability.
Often to relieve our aches and pains caused by our poor posture and muscle imbalances we will get a massage or chiropractic adjustment or if you are lucky, both. A deep tissue massage and chiropractic adjustment do a great job reliving our complaints of pain and discomfort. However after every massage and adjustment you head home and resume your daily activities. Those same activities that contribute to your poor core strength, aches and pains.
So what can you do to break this evil cycle?
The answer is simple.. Exercise with a Kin!
After being properly assessed by a regulated health care professional. Exercising under the supervision of a Kinesiologist can increase strength in your core muscles, improve your balance and posture, help you lose weight while increasing your performance and confidence.
Who else but a Kinesiologist is more qualified to assess and demonstrate what exercises will benefit you most to relieve your aches and pains after all they specialize in human movement.
In 2007 Kinesiology was made a regulated health profession in the province of Ontario.